Drawn from Years 5 and 6, these children complete a rigorous recruitment process (focused of course on their love and passion for reading) to form an exclusive group whose role is clear: share and encourage the love of reading around the school.
Expect to find our reading ambassadors visiting classes during wet playtimes to share bespoke recommendations and read short picture books or chapter texts. A highlight of the year has been Festive Storytime: every day in the month of December, our ambassadors share a festive story with children from across the school. From brand-new texts such as Rob Biddulph's An Odd Dog Christmas, to reimagined classics such as Tony Mitton's retelling of A Christmas Carol to perennial favourites like Tom Fletcher's Christmasaurus... lunchtimes in Advent are a real highlight at Leasowes.
Reading Ambassadors are also responsible for overall upkeep of classroom libraries and the rotation of these texts between classes in February every year. On World Book Day, children judge competitions (e.g. 2023's Loo Roll Character Competition) and run the donated book stalls throughout the day. Following the annual sponsored read - which is always the Spring Reading Challenge - the reading ambassadors will head up arrangements of how to spend the money raised e.g. in updating the classroom libraries, adding to series we have in school or selecting new graphic novels to expand our collection.
If you're in school, you can pop by the Reading Ambassador board near the Y6 classrooms to see what we're up to and to get bespoke book recommendations.